Last minute tips to make sure you’re hurricane ready

Don’t forget these steps on your hurricane prep checklist.

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It’s not too late to start your hurricane preparations.

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Whether you’ve spent this week making a hurricane preparation list or are still wondering how serious the storm will really be, here are a few extra pro tips worth considering before Hurricane Ian swipes by Florida. (P.S. You can stay up-to-date on the latest news about the storm here.)

🤝 Remember your neighbor

From a simple exchange of phone numbers + information to grouping your resources for a community hurricane party, working with others can help keep everyone safe.

🧠 Take care of your mental health

We know hurricanes can bring out a lot of emotions. Stress, fear, and anxiety are very common. If you need to talk to someone, call Peace River’s 24/7 hotline (863-204-3443) for emotional support.

📦 Be resourceful

Think outside of the box on ways to prepare, survive, and recover from a hurricane. In other words, outsmart the stress.

💸 Finesse your finances

Spending money to prepare for a disaster can be taxing, no doubt. Make sure to plan ahead, list your priorities + try not to go over a set budget.

📱 Stay in the know

Sign up to receive local emergency notifications from Alert Polk to stay informed on important weather updates. Download one of these apps for even more information.

⚡ Have safety smarts

When running generators, propane tanks, or camping stoves, make sure to use proper safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe.

🐈 Protect your pets

It’s always best to make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations and have current license + microchips. But if you’re unsure, take photos of your pets for easier identification. And if an evacuation order is issued, seek pet-friendly hotels + open shelters.

🧳 Really though, be prepared

Not sure if you’re entirely prepared for the ‘cane? Take a look at our checklist for more pro tips.

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